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San Francisco Performances Presents
PIVOT Festival 2019—4th Season
Vox Populi

Thursday, January 24—Sunday, January 27, 2019
Herbst Theatre

Festival Pass: $140 for all four performances | $40 single tickets
Four informal and intimate 60-70 minute performances followed by dialogue with artists
Moderated by arts commentator Cyrus Musiker

RAN DANK, piano | THURS, JAN 24, 2019, 7:30PM
San Francisco Recital Debut
Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

PAULA WEST, vocals | FRI, JAN 25, 2019, 7:30PM
Bob Dylan Songbook
The previously posted 9:30pm performance has been cancelled.

GABRIEL KAHANE, piano and voice | SAT JAN 26, 2019, 7:30PM
8980: Book of Travelers

DASHON BURTON, bass-baritone and LINDSAY GARRITSON, piano | SUN, JAN 27, 2019, 5:00PM
SF Performances Solo Appearance Debut
Songs of Struggle and Redemption

PIVOT Website

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—December 10, 2018—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the fourth year of PIVOT, launched in 2016 and created for adventurous audiences interested in truly unique arts experiences. Driven by a philosophy of innovation, creativity and artistic excellence that pushes the boundaries of the traditional concert experience, PIVOT offers exciting performances and creative exchanges between artists and audiences in welcoming, informal and intimate settings. The 2019 PIVOT Festival will present four programs over the span of Jan 24–27 at Herbst Theatre.

Now in its fourth year, this innovative exploration of new adventures in the performing arts has become a sold-out success partnering music, dance and spoken word around themes that resonate with today’s audiences. This season zooms in on artists and works with political observations and meanings, and it shines a light on the power of music to voice the urgent truths that demand to be heard.

Over a 4-day period, we’re presenting artists that have a political story to tell from Israeli pianist Ran Dank who is performing Frederic Rzewski’s variations on the Chilean political song that protested an oppressive government in the 1970s to acclaimed jazz and cabaret artist Paula West who sings about times that are a’changin’ as reflected in the once prophetic, now timeless and newly relevant works of Bob Dylan; to singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane who set out the morning after the 2016 presidential election on an 8,980 mile train trip in an effort to better understand his country and fellow citizens resulting in the song cycle, 8980: Book of Travelers; to bass-baritone Dashon Burton who steps out of his acclaimed role as a versatile soloist as well as a member of the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, in a program of Civil War and Civil Rights anthems of protest, called Songs of Struggle and Redemption.

“We are particularly pleased to have former KQED arts commentator Cyrus Musiker join us to moderate the post-performance conversations with artists. The 2019 PIVOT Festival should provide the culturally curious with much to see, hear and consider” —SFP President Melanie Smith

The festival opens Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 at 7:30pm with the SF recital debut of the technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry of pianist Ran Dank playing American composer Frederick Rzewski’s signature work, The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

“The piece was written in 1975 as a political statement and a sign of solidarity in times of great struggle during the first years of the Pinochet era. Its musical theme is appropriately taken through a series of 36 variations, only to come out transformed and victorious at the end of the piece. It is a masterpiece of epic proportions that is unmatched in the literature of the second half of the 20th century piano repertoire. And although the topic of the piece will forever remain relevant, I feel that it is more pertinent than ever in our current political climate. The contrasts and conflicts, which can rend asunder the very fabric of a nation, are in full view and the theme of unity and those things that bind us together are more crucial than ever. Thus, it is my privilege and honor to present this masterpiece and through it to try and provide my own contribution, however much humble, to the preservation of this unity.” —Ran Dank

Program:
RZEWSKI:
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

The program will be 60–75 minutes long, without intermission, followed by a Q & A with the artist moderated by Cy Musiker.

On Friday, Jan 25, 2019 at 7:30pm, the festival’s second day, SFP presents the beloved Jazz singer Paula West singing a full program of Bob Dylan songs. “She’s smokey, she’s swingin’, she’s sophisticated…´says syndicated columnist Liz Smith. West offers multiple pleasures—the musicianship and sophistication of jazz combined with the emphasis on text, the droll humor, and the appealing story songs.

Paula’s extended engagements at San Francisco’s Plush Room, sharing the bill with the great Rosemary Clooney at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and performances at New York’s premier supper club, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel plus her well received CDs have made her one of the Bay Area’s most treasured performers.

Program:
The Bob Dylan Songbook

The program will be 60–75 minutes long, without intermission.

Video:
Paula West performing at the 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Saturday, Jan 26, 7:30pm, the PIVOT Festival continues with singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane’s Bay Area premiere of his new song cycle. The day after the 2016 presidential election, Kahane boarded a train at Penn Station and traveled 8,980 miles around the continental U.S., talking to dozens of strangers in an attempt to better understand his country and fellow citizens. The resulting album and stage piece, 8980: Book of Travelers is at once a prayer for empathy and reconciliation, as well as an unflinching examination of the complex and often troubled history of the United States.

Over the last decade, Kahane has quietly established himself as a songwriter all his own, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”.

Program:
8980: Book of Travelers

The program will be 60–75 minutes long, without intermission, followed by a Q & A with the artist moderated by Cy Musiker.

Video:
Gabriel Kahane official trailer for 8980: Book of Travelers

The 2019 PIVOT Festival closes on Sunday, Jan 27, 5:00pm with the SFP solo appearance debut of the highly acclaimed bass-baritone Dashon Burton, who is also SFP’s newly appointed Vocal-Artist-in-Residence. Burton’s Songs of Struggle and Redemption is based on his acclaimed disc of the same title, one of New York Times’ Best Classical recordings of 2015.

“To bring people together in the joy of sharing is a pleasure, and I’m eternally grateful to do so through the medium of song. It is a tradition that stretches back hundreds and thousands of years. We are connected through the history of music, and I am proud to continue in that tradition. To peer into the past, to be present, and to bask in the possibility of the future should awaken us to an emotional call to arms, second to none. I sit at the table of the feast of music from around the world, and invite you to join me for this celestial conversation. This is where we all belong.” —Dashon Burton

Program:
Songs of Struggle and Redemption

The program will be 60–75 minutes long, without intermission, followed by a Q & A with the artist moderated by Cy Musiker.

Video:
Dashon Burton sings Freedom in the Air, from his Songs of Struggle and Redemption

Tickets are $40 for each of the four evenings or a PIVOT Festival Pass can be purchased to all four programs for $140, available at sfperformances.org/pivot or by calling 415.392.2545. Single tickets can also be purchased at the door.

PIVOT: New Adventures in Performing Arts is supported by The Wallace Foundation/p>

About Cyrus Musiker, moderator

Cy Musiker worked three decades in public radio in the Bay Area, before retiring recently to the life of a country bumpkin in the Sierra Foothills. Cy was a reporter and anchor at KPFA, a freelancer for NPR and the CBC, and then an award winning editor, anchor, reporter and host at KQED Public Radio. For ten years, Cy and the late San Francisco Chronicle Editor David Wiegand co-hosted The Do List, KQED’s weekly preview of the Bay Area’s most exciting music, theater and dance.

About San Francisco Performances

Since our founding in 1979, San Francisco Performances has introduced hundreds of classical music, jazz and contemporary dance artists to Bay Area audiences. With a strong artistic vision and adventurous programming, San Francisco Performances is an organization that presents the world’s finest in music and dance, connecting audiences with artists in intimate settings.

Quality, intimacy, access and connection—these are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS PIVOT FESTIVAL 2019

PIVOT: Vox Populi
RAN DANK, piano
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: RZEWSKI:! The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
TICKETS: $40 single tickets or $140 for a PIVOT Festival Pass to all four PIVOT programs
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org/pivot

PIVOT: Vox Populi
PAULA WEST, jazz vocal
WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm (The previously posted 9:30pm performance has been cancelled)
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Bob Dylan Songbook
TICKETS: $40 single tickets or $140 for a PIVOT Festival Pass to all four PIVOT programs
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org/pivot

PIVOT: Vox Populi
GABRIEL KAHANE, piano and voice
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: 8980: Book of Travelers Bay Area Premiere
TICKETS: $40 single tickets or $140 for a PIVOT Festival Pass to all four PIVOT programs
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org/pivot

PIVOT: Vox Populi
DASHON BURTON, bass-baritone
LINDSAY GARRITSON, piano

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 5pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Songs of Struggle and Redemption
TICKETS: $40 single tickets or $140 for a PIVOT Festival Pass to all four PIVOT programs
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org/pivot

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to:
https://sfperformances.org/media/1819/RanDank.html
https://sfperformances.org/media/1819/PaulaWest.html
https://sfperformances.org/media/1819/GabrielKahane.html
https://sfperformances.org/media/1819/DashonBurton.html

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